Hawkwind Postpones US Tour until March 2014

Just in, Hawkwind has postponed their upcoming US tour due to Dave Brock's ill health, their statement from Facebook:

"As many of you will now be aware, Dave was taken ill a couple of weeks ago. Doctors have confirmed that his condition is stress related, aggravated by the trademark dispute in the United States which could result in years of litigation.

After enduring a series of tests, Dave has now been advised that it could be dangerous to his health to embark on a grueling 14,000 mile tour at this time.

Hawkwind Road to Utopia, new album with Mike Batt, Eric Clapton

News today from Prog/Louder.com:
"Hawkwind have announced that their new studio album will be released later this year. Titled Road To Utopia, it will launch on September 14 on CD and LP and sees the band hook up with songwriter and conductor Mike Batt to reimagine a selection of Hawkwind classics with an orchestral flourish. The tracklist includes Quark, Strangeness And Charm, We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago, Psychic Power and The Watcher – the latter featuring a guest appearance from Eric Clapton."

Here & Now

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Cutting their teeth in Ladbroke Grove and on the UK's free festival circuit, Here & Now gained notoriety for their collaboration with Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth of Gong.

Founded: 1974

Location: London, England

Website: BeHereNow Homepage

High Tide

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From the onset, High Tide garnered attention; the band had a publishing deal with Apple Corps and was managed by Doug Smith's Clearmountain Productions. Their two albums on Liberty/United Artists are undisputed classic proto-prog albums. Simon House would later join Hawkwind, while Peter Pavli was a member of Rustic Hinge.

Founded: 1969

Location: London, England

Website: Tony Hill's Fiction

Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet (Tropical Version Brazil)

Brazilian version, led by guitarist Fabio Golfetti, with Renato Mello on keyboards and Claudio Souza on drums. See Violeta De Outno

Founded: 1993

Location: São Paulo, Brasil

Website: Violeta de Outono & Invisible Opera Company of Brazil


Notable for members Tom Newman (producer), and John Field and Tony Duhig, both later in Jade Warrior.

Founded: 1968

Location: Ealing, England

Kevin Ayers film planned?

This just in, campaign may start in autumn:
A teaser for the crowdfunding project "Why are we sleeping? A film about Kevin Ayers" by Dirk Fleiter & Leif Karpe

Kevin Ayers, R.I.P.

Founding member of the Soft Machine, and one of the most original artists of the progressive era, Kevin Ayers sadly passed away today at age 69.


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Originally called The Kubas, the band had its same roots in Liverpool. They spent time in Germany, and toured with The Beatles in the UK. Despite high profile appearances (The Who, Jimi Hendrix), their singles never charted and by the time the band's eponymous psychedelic album was released in late 1969, they had effectively disbanded. Keith Ellis would join Van der Graaf Generator.

Founded: 1962

Location: Liverpool, England

Krankschaft 3

Krankschaft have a new studio album out, original tunes from Steve Pond and a previously unheard track written by Bob Calvert. Highest recommendations!